Although snow has fallen in the Mountain Area and there have been freezing temperatures, hearty souls have been using the heated Yosemite High School pool during swim practice and adult lap swimming.
This year, the newly formed Yosemite Unified Yosemite Marlins Swim Club, will continue to practice through the winter months providing a full practice schedule for the youth, opportunities to compete in USA meets and an adult lap swim program. The 30 plus swimmers and six coaches have already sent competitors to two swim meets this holiday season: The Cranberry Classic in Santa Clarita, Nov. 22-24, and The Winterfest Meet in Tulare Dec. 2 and 3. Every team swimmer achieved some of their own best personal times and report it is always warmer in the water.
The Yosemite Marlins Swim Club already have four swimmers qualified for the 2014 Central California Section Junior Olympics: Parker Jones 11, Corey Jones 10, Theo Tuggle 12, and Claire Tuggle, 12.
Parker Jones has qualified with a 34.63 in the 50 meter butterfly and a 36.65 in the 50 backstroke. Corey Joners has qualified in eight events including 100 backstroke (1.26.63), 100 freestyle (1.13.82), and 100 butterfly (1.28.96).
Theo Tuggle has qualified in nine events including 50 freestyle, 200 freestyle, and 100 backstroke.
Claire Tuggle has qualified in 12 events including the 100 freestyle, 100 backstroke, 100 breaststroke, and 100 butterfly.
The team's next meet will be held Jan. 7 and 8 in Clovis.
"Swimming provides great exercise year round, but especially in the winter months when we are all a little more sedentary due to the cold," said Renee Johnson, club assistant coach. "The pool turns out to be the warmest place to workout."
Details: Michelle Chenowith, YHS athletic director, (559) 683-4667, ext. 306, firstname.lastname@example.org.